This Salt and Pepper Chicken is a great slimming-friendly addition to a Chinese Fakeaway especially if you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
Salt and Pepper Chicken was one of our favourite meals from the Chinese Takeaway. Crispy chicken (usually wings) seasoned with a spicy coating. So we decided to make our own version!
We’ve got a heap of amazing Chinese Fakeaways, including some other Salt and Pepper recipes!
- Salt and Pepper Pork
- Salt and Pepper Chips
- Chinese Chicken and Broccoli
- Pepsi Max/Diet Coke Chicken
- Stir-fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion
How many Calories are in this Salt and Pepper Chicken?
There are 308 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Salt and Pepper Chicken. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Salt and Pepper Chicken suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free and dairy free diets.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe?
This Salt and Pepper Chicken has 8 Points per portion, which is amazing for such a flavour packed Fakeaway!
How to make this Salt and Pepper Chicken
This recipe is pretty simple to make and doesn’t take long to whip it together! Here’s a summary;
- Mix together the ingredients for the spice mix
- Sprinkle some of the spice mix over the chicken and bake the chicken in the oven until cooked
- Fry the rest of the ingredients in some Low calorie cooking spray, sprinkling over some more of the spice mix
- Add the chicken and cook for a couple of minutes to combine the flavours
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below
What should you should serve with Salt and Pepper Chicken?
Any of the following go really well with this dish. You could even serve it as part of a Chinese Fakeaway feast!
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Salt and Pepper Chicken?
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All of the ingredients can be purchased from your local supermarket apart from the MSG.
You’ll notice that the Salt and Pepper Spice Mix recipe calls for MSG or Monosodium glutamate.
Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is a flavour enhancer commonly added to most Chinese food from the takeaway. There have been many debates about the use of MSG, so if you prefer not use it you can just leave it out. However, if you do want to use it you can buy it here on Amazon.
The quantities for the spice mix will make more than enough for the Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe, so you can just keep any extra spice mix in an airtight container or sealed food bag until you’re ready to use it again!
Can you cook Salt and Pepper Chicken another way?
This recipe is best cooked using the method below.
How do you know when Salt and Pepper Chicken is cooked?
You should cook this recipe until the chicken is completely cooked through and the juices run clear.
This should take approx 35-40 minutes using the oven and hob.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Salt and Pepper Chicken in the fridge?
Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Salt and Pepper Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Salt and Pepper Chicken?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Salt and Pepper Chicken?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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